Virtual Reality is going to be the next big thing in coming times and every company is making hard efforts to get there first. Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, LG 360 VR, Microsoft Hololens, HTC Vive are some of the Virtual Reality name which have come to market or are coming soon. But there is one issue with VR headsets they are costly and also they need a smartphone or a powerful PC to experience the virtual reality.
Now Sulon Technologies a Canadian startup is working with AMD to bring a new kind of VR and augmented reality headset. Sulon Q is the name company has given to its offering, the headset works on its own and does not require any external PC to power the virtual reality experience.
Sulon Q was showcased at AMD’s pre GDC event Capsaicin event where the chipmaker also showcased its new VR-friendly GPUs. Specifications wise Sulon Q the device packs all the necessary hardware, a four core FX-8800P processor and Radeon R7 graphics card which are both AMD products and runs Windows 10. Additionally, the device has a 2560 x1440 resolution quad HD OLED display which has a 110° field of view.
Sulon Q has 256 GB SSD storage and 8GB RAM. The device supports DirectX 12 and Vulkan and also AMD’s LiquidVR technology. Sulon Q has AstoundSound for 3D spatial audio and also has pair of noise-cancelling microphones which will definitely improve VR experience of user. Other thing which is in favour of Sulon Q is that like Microsoft’s HoloLens this is also un-tethered.
Sulon Q is a full faced device and not a see-through display. This gives a wide field of view and better ability to handle VR. For AR mode the view for external world would be provided by pair of cameras, which would map outside area for AR.
Sulon is expecting the device to come out this spring sometime and the company has not disclosed any pricing for the device. With its all-in-one features Sulon Q has some positive things going for it, but how will it fare in real life situation remains to be seen. But if plans of Sulon and AMD come true this could really change the VR and AR space and could become a tough challenger for present offering in the market.